Salvia divinorum from A to Z

December 9, 2008

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Salvia divinorum.

The following podcasts of the Entheogenic Evolution are all about Salvia divinorum. We hear ethnobotanist and pharmacognosist Daniel Siebert, who studied this plant for 20 years and was the first to identify Salvinorin A as the main psychoactive compound in Salvia. His website and his Salvia divinorum Research and Information Center are a great source of information on everything related to this sacred but poorly understood plant.

Part 1 focuses on the Mazatec Shamans and their ceremonial use of Salvia and Psilocybin mushrooms. Since most of Salvia plants are propagated from cutting, technically all the worlds Salvia is from the same plant. Daniel also shares his thoughts and evidence that this “mother” plant may not even be originally from the Sierra Mazatec as commonly believed. Salvia divinorum is truly a mystery.

Part 2 tells the story of how Salvia divinorum made her way in to modern western civilization and more recently to the global market. From the earliest specimens first brought back to the isolation and discovery of Salvinorin A. Daniel also talks about his pioneering experiments with Salvia and the possible future of the Sage.

Please be aware that our friend Martin Ball‘s new book, The Entheogenic Evolution: Psychedelics, Consciousness and Awakening the Human Spirit is now available in paperback and PDF. I encourage everyone to consider purchasing a copy and help support the Entheogenic Evolution!